Share this story: Coronavirus | Economy | Federal Government | Politics | Southcentral | Southeast | State GovernmentLawsuit seeks to block small business relief, alleging it doesn’t follow approved planJune 23, 2020 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Lawyer Joe Geldhof talks on the phone in the second floor hallway of the Capitol in Juneau in February 2019. Geldhof said on Tuesday that a filing by his client Eric Forrer seeks to block some small business relief due to Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration failing to follow its own legislatively approved plan. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)A lawsuit is seeking to block the state from sending COVID-19 relief to at least some small businesses that would have benefited from changes announced last week.Juneau resident Eric Forrer made the filing on Monday in Juneau Superior Court. It’s an amendment to the lawsuit he filed in May that led to the Legislature reconvening in Juneau. At that time, the Legislature approved Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s plan to spend federal CARES Act money. But Dunleavy’s administration announced changes to the plan last week that would expand the number of small businesses that could receive relief. And it is these changes that Forrer is seeking to block. Joe Geldhof, Forrer’s lawyer, said the state should be following the standards the Legislature approved in the plan. “The chief executive can’t start deviating from the policies because they found a more interesting or creative or better way to spend the money,” Geldhof said. “The public deserves to have the standards applied.”The changes would allow businesses that received up to $5,000 in federal aid from two federal programs — the Payroll Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program — to also receive AK CARES grants. Geldhof said Forrer doesn’t disagree with the substance of the changes, but said they must follow a constitutional process.The Department of Law released a statement saying that the state stands by its position to distribute federal funding “to help businesses and communities mitigate the devastating impacts from the pandemic. These funds are needed now, and the State stands ready to defend the actions the Governor and Legislature have taken to get funds to those who need it.”Geldhof said Forrer isn’t seeking to force the Legislature to reconvene again. He said the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee could meet to address the issue. Committee chair Rep. Chris Tuck, an Anchorage Democrat, said he believes the type of change the administration is seeking should be made by the entire Legislature. “It seems like all we’re trying to do is circumvent the proper process,” Tuck said. “And because that’s happening, things are all messed up and it’s a ball of mess.”Tuck said he would support a different approach to COVID-19 funding that would target aid to mortgage and rent relief. He said many small businesses would benefit from that approach, and it would fit within the authority of the committee. Senate President Cathy Giessel, an Anchorage Republican, said in emailed statement that senators “supported the governor’s decision to expand eligibility for grants to small Alaska businesse.”Giessel said she’s encouraged by state efforts to work with local financial institutions to address the backlog of AK CARES applications.“If further legislative action is needed, we will take action,” she said, adding that at this time, senators support the governor’s plan and believe it needs a chance to work.
Lufthansa Cargo has appointed J Florian Pfaff as its new vice president for Asia Pacific.Mr Pfaff steps over to the Singapore-headquartered operation from his current posting as vice president for Germany, replacing Frank Naeve who has moved to the passenger side of operations.Hestarted his career with Germany’s flag-carrier in 1989 and in 1994 was appointed general manager of sales and marketing in Germany, going on to take up similar positions across various geographical regions.He has been in his current role since 2011, with responsibility for the German cargo business. The carrier said it had yet to find a successor for Mr Pfaff as VP for Germany. By Alexander Whiteman 22/03/2019
Hapag-Lloyd produced a net profit of $56m in the second quarter, resulting in a half-year result of $165m, a turnaround from the $122m loss recorded in the same period of 2018.“It was a pretty good half-year,” reflected chief executive Rolf Habben Jansen (pictured) during this morning’s earnings call presentation.“Rates were up 5%, volumes up 2% and we kept our costs stable,” he added, “but clearly there are some clouds on the horizon.”Hapag-Lloyd carried 5,966,000 teu in H1, compared with 5,848,000 the year before, driven by healthy growth across its Atlantic, EMAO (Europe, Med, Africa & Oceania), Far East and Latin America sectors, which mitigated a weakening of liftings on the intra-Asia and Middle East regions.The average freight rate during H1 was $1,071 per teu, versus $1,020 the previous year, which helped to compensate for an 11% jump in fuel prices, to an average of $429 per ton.The carrier also reduced its costs for handling and haulage by 18% on the previous year, as “less profitable inland business was actively reduced”.Mr Habben Jansen said the outlook for the full-year remained “unchanged”, with an ebit (earnings before interest & tax) range of €500m–€900m – “even if we have to deal with more trade restrictions and see increasing geopolitical risk, which of course could impact growth”.But Mr Habben Jansen said: “We don’t see any signs that the market is falling apart. Instead, we see a market that is reasonably stable.“We still expect a peak season, although it is a little late to start, but from our forward booking prospects we see no reason to be extraordinarily concerned about that.”He reiterated the carrier’s strategy to focus on profitable routes and gave the example of its reduced exposure to the intra-Asia market, where, he said, “we simply could not make money”.Hapag-Lloyd, ONE and Yang Ming will be joined in THE Alliance by HMM on 1 April next year, in a 10-year vessel sharing agreement. It was confirmed that the South Korean carrier’s 12 23,000 scrubber-fitted newbuild vessels will be immediately deployed on the Asia-North Europe tradelane.With the inclusion of HMM, THE Alliance’s market share on Asia-Europe will increase to 25%, behind the 36% of the Ocean Alliance and the 39% of the 2M. However, on the transpacific, THE Alliance will have 30% of the market, second to the 41% dominance of Ocean, but above the 2M’s 20% and the 9% covered by “others”, such as Matson.Mr Habben Jansen dismissed media reports that Hapag-Lloyd was about to confirm an order for six 23,000 teu ULCVs, saying the company had “no plans” to order any ships this year – but he but did not rule out placing orders in 2020.Hapag-Lloyd has agreed IMO 2020 low-sulphur fuel long-term contracts with its customers, but will only agree surcharges for spot rate and three-month contracts in Q4.Mr Habben Jansen said the carrier was confident there would be a sufficient supply of compliant fuel at its main bunkering hubs of Rotterdam and Singapore. By Mike Wackett 07/08/2019
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The Toronto stock market was lower Thursday amid unfolding conflict in Iraq that pushed up energy prices and positive economic data from the United States. The S&P/TSX composite index added 17.50 points to 14,909.63. The Canadian dollar gained 0.10 of a cent to 92.12 cents US. In the U.S., the Dow Jones industrials dropped 91.83 points to 16,752.05, the Nasdaq fell 32.99 points to 4,298.94 and the S&P 500 dipped 12.03 points to 1,931.86. Oil prices rose after an al Qaida-inspired group that captured two key cities in Iraq last week vowed to also invade Baghdad. One of those two cities, Mosul, lies in an area that is a major gateway for Iraqi oil. The uncertainty over oil supplies prompted the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange to jump $2.13 to US$106.53 a barrel. Portfolio manager Kash Pashootan said there is little evidence that demand for oil, particularly from China and the U.S., will rise in the medium to long term, but any kind of international conflict will raise prices. “The market will try to trick us with rising oil prices,” said Pashootan, a vice-president at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company. “But if you look at examples from earlier this year, the major driver for energy prices has been the same factor — geopolitical tension.” The energy sector climbed 1.69 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange. However, gold was the leading advancer, up by 2.73 per cent, as bullion gained $12.80 to US$1,274 an ounce. July copper declined three cents to US$3.02 a pound. Meanwhile, there were more signs of economic improvement in the U.S., as the Commerce Department reported retail sales rose for a fourth consecutive month in May — up 0.3 per cent amid a surge in demand for autos. However sales fell shy of the 0.4 per cent increase that economists had expected. Also, the U.S. Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment benefits rose 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 317,000. In Canada, the central bank issued a warning about the country’s housing market and the high levels of consumer debt. In its latest semi-annual review, the Bank of Canada said the housing market is showing signs of a soft landing, but it still remains the biggest domestic risk. The comments come as Statistics Canada reported that its new housing price index rose 0.2 per cent in April, following identical increases in both February and March. Meanwhile, the Teranet – National Bank National composite house price index said Canadian home prices were up in May, rising 0.8 per cent over the previous month. On the corporate front, shares of Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) were hammered after it reported a lower first-quarter profit of $18.98 million and cut its outlook for the year. Shares in the company fell nearly than 16 per cent, or $7.05 to close at US$37.25 in New York despite the company announcing it plans on buying back up to US$450 million of its shares. Keywords Marketwatch Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Related news Linda Nguyen TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Share this article and your comments with peers on social media
Advertisements RelatedADDRESS BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, TO THE JOINT MEETING OF THE PRIME MINISTERIAL SUB-COMMITTEES ON EXTERNAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS AND CSME ADDRESS BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, TO THE JOINT MEETING OF THE PRIME MINISTERIAL SUB-COMMITTEES ON EXTERNAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS AND CSME UncategorizedFebruary 5, 2007 RelatedADDRESS BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, TO THE JOINT MEETING OF THE PRIME MINISTERIAL SUB-COMMITTEES ON EXTERNAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS AND CSME FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica is a country in transition and expansion. Our second city Montego Bay, is in the forefront. As you look around, you will see the many signs of infrastructural development. I ask for your understanding and we must apologize for any inconvenience.As a tourism centre, Montego Bay is an example of how trade in services has become central to many of our CARICOM economies. Please make sure you take some time out during your stay to enjoy some of the sights and sounds of this fast growing city.Friends, this is a crucial year for CARICOM in our external economic negotiations as we seek to consolidate the Single Market and move towards the Single Economy.Our objectives in all these areas are integrally related.Prime Minister Arthur and I recognized early that our two Sub-Committees must work closely together if the Region is to achieve these objectives. It is for that reason we agreed to convene this historic Joint Meeting. This Meeting is historic for two reasons. First, it brings together the discussions of our internal and our external efforts at fostering our development around one explicit regional development vision.Secondly, it provides a practical demonstration of the capacity and flexibility of our institutional structures to adapt in the effort to achieve our common goal. This Joint Meeting has one agenda – not two agendas or one agenda in two parts.It is directed to one purpose – the best way to achieve and sustain progress for the Caribbean people.We are a small region, of small countries, blessed with people of great ambitions and big hearts. Our people have always recognized the need to embrace the wider world to our advantage. In order to do that, we need to have shared goals. It is for this reason that the common vision we will consider in St. Vincent and the Grenadines next week is so important.The vision requires us to use our collective resources to advance our collective interests. The implementation of our Single Market must make the resources of the region, wherever they are, available to all the countries of the region to use effectively in accordance with the provisions of the Revised Treaty.It is the access to, and the effective use of our collective resources, which will make us internationally competitive as a region.It is the responsibility of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on External Negotiations to ensure that we have the most receptive and fair international environment in which to implement this vision and to compete.In order to negotiate the best external conditions, and with the most appropriate country or group of countries, we must know how the region intends to use its productive resources.Our Trade Ministers and Officials met for the past two days and what has become clear is the wide-ranging and demanding agenda for external trade negotiations that lies before us.Emerging from their deliberations, we are charged to give careful thought to a number of issues. We must come to firm decisions on some key matters, including:1) The strategic focus and direction of our negotiations in the context of the ACP/EU EPA;2) The nature of CARICOM’s relationship with the wider Caribbean Basin Community including the Dominican Republic. More generally, we need to decide on how we wish to approach our bilateral relations;3) The implications of the resumption of multilateral trade negotiations in the World Trade Organization;4) Our approach to the Region’s export trade in sensitive primary commodities like banana and sugar; and,5) Our approach to our trade and economic relations with our North American neighbours – the United States and Canada.We must be guided by the goals and objectives for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).Our challenge is to build a community based on a unity, which is not imagined, but which is real. That unity of purpose must be directed to a new vision for our region and society.In these changing times, we are committed to building new ways of communicating among ourselves, especially, where there could be conflicting national objectives. I look forward to a frank exchange of views over the next two days and I hope to witness our new institutional innovation at work, as we share thoughts on the range of issues before us in this Joint Meeting.The recognition that the mandates of the different institutions in the Community are inter-dependent should be the essential element which drives our interaction not only in this Meeting or Meetings of Heads of Government, but at the Ministerial level as well.You will note that our agenda includes not only an exchange of views on the development vision for the Caribbean Community but also on Governance.I believe it will afford us the occasion not for more academic thinking, but for practical stocktaking.Given the establishment of the CSM in January 2006, there is now the need in our discussions to begin to audit the extent to which our primary goals and objectives of integration are leading to the building of community.We all know the admonition – integrate or perish. In deepening our integration and governance processes, it is time for us to look to a more creative approach to structuring our institutions and our inter-state relations. We need to forge our own unity and norms as we seek to extend our borders and economic and trading interests with the wider region, the hemisphere and the world.Our trade negotiators must always remember that our people should be at the centre of the policy process. Poverty alleviation is a crucial goal in all that we do.Trade agreements, in their various forms, must contribute in a real way to bettering the quality of the day-to-day lives of our CARICOM citizens. Simply put we need to balance people’s lives as we balance the books.I suggest colleagues, that we have a major task ahead of us and it is this: How do we meet our historical obligation to ensure that Caribbean people, wherever they are, participate in creating a social and economic landscape that is a significant improvement on the experience of earlier generations?As we work through our agenda, I would challenge all of us to keep in view our historical obligation and the central objectives of the integration process that are now finding expression in the CSM.Let us, in addition to striving to deepen the socio-economic and cultural elements in all our countries, also seek to bring to the fore the best in all our nation-states. Let us work to transform our several economies into a more efficient, coherent, cohesive and competitive region.I must use this opportunity to say that I look forward to you returning for the Opening Ceremony of Cricket World Cup. On March 11, we launch our most ambitious cooperative endeavour yet. That will be a unique chance to showcase not only the strength of our unity, but the best this Region has to offer the world.We will succeed, with all of us – Leaders and citizens – working together.Once again, a very warm welcome to Jamaica, and to Montego Bay where the regional integration process began taking shape almost fifty years ago.One Love and God bless you all. RelatedADDRESS BY THE MOST HON. PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER, TO THE JOINT MEETING OF THE PRIME MINISTERIAL SUB-COMMITTEES ON EXTERNAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS AND CSME
Governments of Canada and Quebec invest in seven recreational and sports projects in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region From: Infrastructure CanadaToday, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Isabelle Charest, Quebec’s Junior Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, announced funding of more than $4 million for seven projects in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region. For the occasion, they were accompanied by Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Minister Responsible for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region and MNA for Chicoutimi; Éric Girard, MNA for Lac-Saint-Jean; and His Worship Marc Asselin, Mayor of Alma. This funding will ensure that residents of the region have access to safe, modern facilities that promote active, healthy and inclusive lifestyles.Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Isabelle Charest, Quebec’s Junior Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, announced funding of more than $4 million for seven projects in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region. For the occasion, they were accompanied by Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Minister Responsible for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region and MNA for Chicoutimi; Éric Girard, MNA for Lac-Saint-Jean; and His Worship Marc Asselin, Mayor of Alma. This funding will ensure that residents of the region have access to safe, modern facilities that promote active, healthy and inclusive lifestyles.This new infrastructure will help the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region to create communities that will attract families and workers, while stimulating local economic recovery. In particular, a total of more than $2.3 million in funding will be invested in redeveloping and expanding the Riverbend Curling Club in Alma. This project involves demolishing the existing service building and constructing a new one. It also includes repairing the outer shell of the ice building, insulating and waterproofing the roof, relocating the mechanical room, and repairing both the refrigeration system and the infrastructure of the playground slabs. Related work may also be carried out.In Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, the Government of Canada is investing a total of more than $2 million through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Quebec is also investing more than $2 million in this project through the Programme d’aide financière aux infrastructures récréatives et sportives [financial assistance program for recreational and sports infrastructure].Quotes“Sport and recreation are essential to communities where people want to live, work and raise their families. To improve the health and well-being of Quebecers, the Government of Canada is funding seven projects in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region, including the expansion and redevelopment of the Riverbend Curling Club in Alma, creating local jobs and providing space for residents to enjoy for years to come. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities“More than ever, we are aware of the importance of being active. That’s why we are taking steps to help Quebecers move more. Access to modern, high-quality recreational and sports facilities is a strong incentive to engage in regular physical activity. These projects will have concrete impacts on the quality of life of families and the vitality of our communities. I hope that, thanks to the investments we are announcing today, everyone will be able to enjoy the pleasure of being active.”Isabelle Charest, Quebec’s Junior Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women“I am very proud to announce investments of more than $4 million to improve recreational and sports infrastructure in my region. The citizens of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, like all Quebecers, deserve safe, high-quality facilities so that they can practise a physically active lifestyle. In these unusual times, I want to give even more people in the region the opportunity to be active and enjoy their favourite activities in a safe and healthy setting.”Andrée Laforest, Quebec’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister Responsible for the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean Region“I am proud to see that our government is investing in our sports facilities and ensuring that we maintain the quality and diversity of the facilities available to citizens. This announcement goes beyond the practice of sport; it also helps support the many volunteers who keep these facilities alive. I know that it will have a positive impact on their involvement and on future projects.”Éric Girard, MNA for Lac-Saint-Jean“Founded in 1929, the Riverbend Curling Club of Alma is an institution in team sports. Its membership consists of young people, workers and retirees, and it’s one of the most dynamic curling clubs in Quebec. The Town of Alma is proud to contribute to this renewal project, and it’s a great pleasure to know that the iconic Bonne Entente tournament will be held in purpose-built infrastructure.”His Worship Marc Asselin, Mayor of AlmaQuick factsUnder the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), the federal government is investing more than $7.5 billion in Quebec between 2018 and 2028 for projects involving community, cultural and recreational infrastructure, green infrastructure, public transit, and infrastructure in rural and northern communities.The Government of Quebec’s Programme d’aide financière aux infrastructures récréatives et sportives (PAFIRS) forms part of the Invest in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) and the Integrated Bilateral Agreement (IBA), which implements the ICIP in Quebec and establishes the terms and conditions and the parties’ obligations and commitments. It has an envelope of $294 million.The Quebec Department of Education is responsible for implementing the Recreational Infrastructure sub-stream of the Community, Cultural and Recreational Infrastructure stream under the IBA.By funding construction, development, renovation, upgrading, expansion or redevelopment projects for recreational and sports infrastructure, the PAFIRS supports the availability of good-quality recreational and sports infrastructure in all regions of Quebec and enhances public access to such infrastructure. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). 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Home Industry News Releases Tolosa Winery Announces June McIvor as President & CEOIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessTolosa Winery Announces June McIvor as President & CEOBy Press Release – June 5, 2020 453 0 Linkedin TAGSJune McIvorpeopleTolosa Winery Email Facebook AdvertisementThe renowned producer of Edna Valley wine recognizes McIvor’s role in the advancements of the company, including during this time of crisis June 4, 2020 (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) — Tolosa winery is pleased to announce the appointment of June McIvor as President & CEO. McIvor will also serve as President & CEO of Perinet, LLC and all Priorat producer Perinet’s operations in the U.S. Tolosa is the acclaimed producer of Edna Valley estate and premium California appellation single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals.Since 2015, McIvor has led the Tolosa team as General Manager, playing a prominent role in the overall success and growth of the winery. During her tenure as GM, she has oversaw the comprehensive refresh and elevation of Tolosa, including the installation of all new state-of-the-art production equipment, the introduction of ultra-premium single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines and the flagship Pinot Noir Primera, the debut of additional and remodeled luxury hospitality spaces, and an across-the-board overhaul of Tolosa’s approach to direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales.“June McIvor’s steadfast leadership continues to be instrumental in shepherding the winery through the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Robin Baggett, managing partner and co-founder of Tolosa. Her swift pivot shifts included the implementation of safety protocols in early March, including facility sanitation and employee temperature screening. She maintains communication and transparency with all staff, such as through daily management meetings related to coronavirus, and successfully secured assistance through the Payroll Protection Program. Despite a tasting room closed for normal business, McIvor maintains production operations at full capacity and has kept all full time staff employed through cross-training in other DTC objectives, such as personalized check-ins with all wine club members and Tolosa’s entire database. Tasting room servers adopted phone sales and increased frequency of email outreach to maintain connection to customers.Tolosa was one of the first adopters of local delivery service and curbside pick-up. The team was also one of the first to offer virtual experiences with the winemaker just eight days after the tasting room was closed, and continuing twice a week through May. Tolosa is now offering private virtual tasting experiences by appointment to consumers around the country. For a weekly mindfulness break, WOGA (Wednesday yoga and wine) was offered to their fans and staff. McIvor also sought to increase digital commerce, which included digital marketing and collaborating with Tastry through their PAVE (Protecting Artisan Vintners through E-commerce) program. These initiatives led to increased DTC revenues in the months of shutdown, compared to the months immediately preceding shutdown. Enabled by continual planning by the team throughout the shutdown, Tolosa is one of the first wineries in Edna Valley to reopen to guest service.“Since joining our team, June has been a key contributor to the advancement and success of Tolosa in all areas of our business,” said Baggett. “I am constantly impressed by her business prowess and astute leadership skills, which she has continued to exhibit throughout the unprecedented, trying times we and our community are facing now, and I have the utmost confidence in her ability to not only succeed, but flourish as president and CEO.”Shares McIvor, “I consider myself privileged to work with such a visionary in DTC wine sales as Robin Baggett, and it is a great honor to bring his vision to life in the Edna Valley. I also have the good fortune to work with an incredible, dedicated team, without which we would not be so successful. I am thrilled to assume this position and look forward to this next phase of my journey with Tolosa.”Prior to joining Tolosa, attorney McIvor was a partner in the preeminent San Luis Obispo business law firm of Sinsheimer Juhnke McIvor & Stroh (now McCormick & Barstow) and associated with the global law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. She also had a ten-year career in professional soccer, including as Vice President & Legal Counsel of the 1994 Men’s World Cup, General Counsel of Major League Soccer, Chief Operating Officer of the 1999 Women’s World Cup, and Managing Director of the championship venue of the 2003 Women’s World Cup.As an advocate for the San Luis Obispo wine country, McIvor remains steadfast in her commitment to raising the profile of the region, particularly the Edna Valley AVA. She recently completed a three-year term as president of the San Luis Obispo Coast Wine Collective and has been very active in the San Luis Obispo community, serving on the boards of Leadership SLO (chair), AYSO youth soccer (regional commissioner), San Luis Obispo Symphony (president), and French Hospital Foundation (treasurer), among others.About Tolosa Cowboy dreams of owning a cattle ranch brought Robin Baggett to California’s Edna Valley over 40 years ago. The cold Pacific wind and soils from ancient seabed to limestone made him realize he was on a frontier of a different sort. Tolosa is the expression of his commitment to spare no effort to craft Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines of distinctive character to rival any in the world. Founded in 1998 and guided by the core values of integrity, teamwork and meticulous craftsmanship, Tolosa is committed to creating complex, balanced and nuanced wines that are the purest expressions of Edna Valley. The Tolosa winemaking team combines traditional winemaking techniques and cutting-edge technology to achieve the purest translation of place to taste. Tolosa supports numerous environmental and philanthropic initiatives and is an active member of the Central Coast community, welcoming guests daily to enjoy its trademark gracious hospitality and a variety of luxury tasting experiences surrounded by the Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Certified vineyard, Edna Ranch. Tolosa is open daily at 4910 Edna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visit the website at tolosawinery.com.Advertisement Pinterest Share ReddIt Twitter Previous articleSomerston Estate Collaborates with Steve Leveque as Consulting WinemakerNext articleInternational Star Horacio Pancheri to Taste Wine Virtually via Free Instagram Live with Flambeaux Wine – Thursday, June 11 Press Release
Bills address retroactivity of reducing criminal penalties Mar 27, 2019 By Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Last November, voters approved a constitutional amendment which would allow a reduction in penalties for a criminal offense to be applied to pending and prior cases, but legislators are now working on bills that say that retroactivity would apply only when the Legislature says it should.That doesn’t please Sen. Daryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, who served on the Constitution Revision Commission and sponsored the “technical” change that wound up in Amendment 11 which the CRC sent to voters. The amendment removed a couple words from Art. X, Sec. 9, of the Florida Constitution.The effect was simple. The Legislature got the authority to make reductions in criminal penalties apply to all pending and past cases.However, implementing bills passed in the House and Senate committee, and supported by Attorney General Ashley Moody, specify that the retroactivity allowed in the approved amendment will reduce or eliminate criminal penalties in pending and past cases only when the Legislature specifically says it is retroactive.Bill supporters argued that an amendment to a criminal statute without a savings clause would under common law trigger the doctrine of abatement which lead to the dismissal of pending criminal charges.The House version of the bill, HB 7069, has passed the Criminal Justice Subcommittee and on March 22 cleared the Judiciary Committee on March 22 and is headed to the House Floor, The Senate Judiciary Committee considered the SB 1656 and passed it on March 25.Rouson introduced his own bill, SB 704, but that has not been heard in committee.“Last November the Legislature received a mandate with the passage of Amendment 11 to pass legislation that allows the retroactive reduction of sentences,” Rouson told the Bar News. “Our criminal justice system is built on a foundation of blind justice. Justice should be blind in its execution but not in its temporal view. When the law is changed so that a penalty is reduced, it should be reduced for all those affected in the criminal justice system, not just those who have yet to be sentenced.”At the House Judiciary Committee meeting on March 21, Rep. Juan Fermandez-Barquin said, “Right now, the [penalty reducing] amendment to a [criminal] statute could be interpreted as repealing it under the doctrine of abatement.” The Miami Republican, who is handling the HB 7069 for the Criminal Justice Subcommittee, went on to say the bill provides that “the amendment of the statute does not affect the current prosecutions [under the statute] and operates only prospectively and if there is going to be retroactivity, the Legislature need to affirmatively state that.”Richard Martin, representing the Attorney General’s Office, said the office supports the bills, adding, “Now there is this ambiguity on what happens if you amend the statute. This clarifies if you amend the statute, it’s only prospectively.”But Rep. Joseph Geller, D-Dania Beach, said the bill as proposed could lead to disparate sentences for two defendants sentenced on the same day, but one who committee a crime before a penalty was reduced and another who committed the identical crime afterwards.“Once we say what the law should be, that should apply in every case,” Geller argued. “I don’t see why we can’t have a simple bill that addresses only the doctrine of abatement that says the action of the Legislature to change the penalty or reduce it cannot operate as a dismissal.. . . I think that would solve this problem in a much less draconian way.”But Rep. Mike Beltran, R-Valrico, said any other way risked a wave of litigation every time the Legislatures reduces a criminal penalty under the abatement doctrine.“If we want to make laws retroactive, all we need to do is say so in the law,” he said.HB 7069 passed the House Judiciary Committee 11-4.The arguments were similar in the Senate Judiciary Committee.“The bottom line here is to avoid the possibility that the courts might construe a reduction in sentencing as an abatement to people currently in the pipeline and under prosecution in the system,” said Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, sponsor of SB 1656. “We’re attempting to pass this bill to clarify that if the Legislature wants to apply a reduction in sentencing. . . that we will have to specifically say in the legislation that we want it applied retroactively.”Representatives from Florida Cares argued the bill is too limited and could result in someone who commits a crime under new reduced penalties serving their sentence and being released while someone sentenced earlier under stiffer penalties remaining imprisoned.“Getting a fair sentence should not depend on something as arbitrary as the day you went to court,” said Laurette Philipsen of Florida Cares. “There is no reform if we only reform it moving into the future.”She urged the committee to support Rouson’s bill, SB 704, instead of SB 1656. She also argued that aggravated assault with a firearm would get a 20-year sentence under the old 10-20-Life gun crime law, but has now been changed, non-retroactively, to a maximum five-year sentence.“We are here to establish criminal justice reform is for all, meaning the future and the past,” Philipsen said. “You can’t fix the future without allowing the past mistakes made in our justice system to be remedied.”SB 1656 passed the committee 6-0, although Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, and Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-Miami, said they would like to see changes closer to Rouson’s approach, and Rodriguez said that Rouson, who was not at the meeting, was in discussions with the Attorney General’s Office.Rouson’s bill provides that an amendment, reenactment, or repeal of a criminal statute is retroactive, except for capital felonies and cases involving drug trafficking crimes that result in a death. A pending amendment also exempts such actions from the abatement doctrine.SB 1656 still has to go co the Criminal Justice and Rules Committees before going to the Senate floor.